Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Preparing for strong winds in Calgary

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the city of Calgary today, with 100 km/h westerly winds expected.

Calgarians are reminded that strong winds can cause numerous hazards. Pedestrians and drivers should be cautious when walking outside or driving, especially in open areas. Truck transport drivers are advised to refrain from driving with empty trailers in and around Calgary.

Calgarians are asked to secure loose items in their yards or on their balconies, such as barbecues, furniture, garbage cans or any other items. In high winds, these items can become airborne and cause injuries and damage. Natural gas or propane fuel for barbecues should be turned off at the source (natural gas shutoff valve on the building or propane tank valve on the tank) to avoid gas leaks should a barbecue become detached.

Emergency Services personnel are very busy during wind events. Calgarians should call 9-1-1 only in emergencies. Non-emergency damage to City infrastructure (such as fallen trees in parks) can be reported by calling 3-1-1.

Calgarians should watch for weather updates as they occur, by monitoring Environment Canada’s weather warning site or a local television or radio station.

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